Miller, ’76, retired Augusta pediatrician, publishes second book

Dr. Jerry A. Miller Jr., a 1976 graduate of the Medical College of Georgia, recently published his second book, Sure Hope.

“In December 1864, a boy is born in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, near Sure Hope, Virginia. The Civil War is in its final stages, having destroyed countless lives and livelihoods.

Photo of church in snow covered mountainSure Hope is an idyllic mountain town. There, the boy grows up and experiences the usual adventures and misadventures of rambunctious boyhood. It is a good life. As he grows into manhood, he discovers the importance of family and community—and love.

Yet, from the beginning, his life is also filled with unusual mysteries, dangers, sorrows, surprises, and sufferings.

And he finds that Sure Hope is more than a town.”

Miller practiced pediatrics in Augusta for almost forty years and still teaches medical students at his alma mater and medical students and residents internationally.

His first book, The Burden of Being Champ: The Dropout, The Legend, and The Pediatrician, was published in 2014.

Read more about Sure Hope.

Watch Miller talk about his new book on WRDW.


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